‘Supergirl’ Recap ‘Ace Reporter’: The Nanostorm

In the latest ‘Supergirl’ recap, Lena Luthor’s ex-boyfriend shows up in National City with a medical miracle but Kara finds out there’s more than meets the eye with this story…

By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer

A brief hiatus during ‘Supergirl’ season 2 came to a close on Monday night as Kara Danvers and the crew returned with a new threat to National City after avoiding an intergalactic war when we last left the show.

While the Daxamite threat is still looming large this season — and clearly queen Rhea is far from finished with Earth as witnessed by the close of the episode — the bulk of the story this week focused on Lena Luthor, her ex-boyfriend, a medical breakthrough and Kara getting her groove back as a reporter.

Lest we forget that Kara lost her job earlier this season when she went against the instructions of her boss Snapper Carr and published a story without reliable sources. She ultimately got the story right, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t going to pay for breaking the rules.

Elsewhere this week, we got a rather random team up between James Olsen’s Guardian and Winn’s returning girlfriend Lyra, who are apparently the new crime fighting duo in town.

With that said, let’s recap the latest episode of ‘Supergirl’ titled ‘Ace Reporter’…

Medical Miracles

Kara is rather bored these days without a job and with no major crimes happening in National City and it’s led her down the path to grief baking. Thankfully, Lena Luthor shows up to ask her good friend Kara to attend a press conference with her that day being thrown by her ex-boyfriend, Jack Spheer, who is in town to make a major announcement from his company, Spheerical.

It turns out that before Lena became the head of L-Corp, she was working with Jack on this same technology — but when the opportunity came to take over the company her brother once ran, she jumped at the opportunity. That meant leaving Metropolis and relocating to National City and also saying goodbye to Jack.

Kara supports her friend at the press conference where Jack unveiled his new “nanostorm” technology in a demonstration that involved cutting open his own hand and then watching this cloud of tiny robots mend him back together again. With the support of his chief financial officer Beth by his side, it looks like Jack has a medical breakthrough on his hands.

While Jack and Lena are reconnecting after the presser, Kara is pulled away by a Spheerical whistleblower, who promises to give her some very juicy information about this nanostorm technology if she can meet him later that same night. It seems Kara’s truth-telling blog has gained her a reputation in the news community.

Sadly, Kara’s meeting doesn’t end very well with the whistleblower when his car gets blown up with her inside as he was trying to tell her about falsified human trial results involving the nanostorm technology.

Things only go from bad to worse when Kara follows Snapper Carr to a similar meeting with a person involved with the trials where he confirms the same thing — there was no actual testing done on humans before this technology was rolled out. Just like before, the meeting is interrupted with a gigantic cloud of those same tiny robots shows up, eats the whistleblower into pieces and looks to do the same to Snapper if not for Supergirl intervening.

Clearly there’s more going on in this story than what Jack is letting on.

The Nanostorm

Kara teams up with Mon-El to get some answers about Jack’s involvement with this nanostorm cover-up, which involves following him to dinner that night as he sits down with Lena to have a chat about the good old days. The random interruption at dinner ends with Mon-El giving Jack a very uncomfortable hug goodbye — which was his way of stealing Jack’s badge so they could break into Spheerical.

Once Kara and Mon-El get into the building, they break into Jack’s computer and find that there were no human trials completed whatsoever except for one. It turns out, Jack injected himself with the nanostorm technology and it transformed him into a living, breathing extension of the tiny robots.

They decide to copy the information, but the break-in has alerted Jack, who breaks off his date with Lena so he can return to the office to deal with the intruders. Jack arrives via the giant nanostorm cloud, but Kara and Mon-El are able to escape ahead with the information.

The next day, Kara goes to Lena to show her the video while begging her friend to stay away from Jack until they get more answers. Kara believes that Jack is the culprit behind the two murders and Lena asking questions could result in a third death.

Of course, Lena can’t actually stay away so she confronts Jack about this information, but he reacts with complete surprise. He has no idea what she’s talking about and Lena believes him.

As it turns out following Lena’s exit from the company, it was the chief financial officer Beth who invested all of her money into Spheerical and needed the company to succeed or she would lose everything. So after Jack transformed himself into a human/nanostorm hybrid, she took control of him via the program running the tiny little robots and has been calling the shots ever since.

Lena’s arrival forces Beth into action to stop her but thankfully Kara has done some investigating on the company and come to the same exact conclusion about who is really to blame for this entire disaster.

A fight ensues between Kara and the nanostorm while Lena fights against Beth as Jack stands there motionless without any ability to control his own body any longer. Just when it looks like the nanostorm has gotten the upper hand on Supergirl, Lena gets the better of Beth and smashes the ear piece she’s been using to control Jack.

Sadly at this point, Jack can’t fight against his prior commands but he can finally tell Lena the way to stop the nanostorm — she has to cause an override in the system. Unfortunately by stopping the nanostorm, she will also kill Jack because they are now part of the same organism.

Lena makes the choice to end the nanostorm program, which saves Supergirl but ultimately kills the love of her life at the same time.

Dynamic Duo

The only other major story this week involved Winn getting back together with Lyra and her decision to turn to a life of crime fighting rather than crime. As much as Lyra wants to help, her temper doesn’t do well when she beats the hell out of a teenage assailant and it gets her kicked off the team.

Eventually, James welcomes her back along with explicit instructions that she has to follow his lead until she gets the hang of this whole hero thing. Lyra agrees and everybody is happy.

Dangerous Allies

With Jack dead, Lena is in mourning but Kara is there to comfort her and offer support. Kara even promises to always be Lena’s friend and protect her no matter what, which ultimately sounds like the kiss of death in this partnership.

Meanwhile, Kara returns to Cat Co. where she apologizes to Snapper for going against him with that story about CADMUS, which results in him offering her a job back on the team after the work she did do to help take down Spheerical. Kara accepts and she’s no longer has to turn to grief baking while bored from not having a job.

And finally, Lena’s solace is interrupted when she gets a surprise visitor — someone making her an offer that she may not be able to refuse. When the shadowy figure is revealed it’s none other than queen Rhea of Daxam.

She’s back and it looks like Lena Luthor is her next conquest.

‘Supergirl’ returns with a brand new episode next Monday at 8pm ET on the CW.

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